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How long will it take to train my dog?

There are many factors that contribute to the length of time it will take to train your dog: the level of training you'd like to accomplish, your dog's cognitive strengths, stage of development the dog is in, the time & effort you put in, compliance, consistency and commitment. Some people accomplish their goals in one session while others work as long as it takes to take their dog to the highest level possible.

What method do you use?

Farrah prides herself on her extensive education so that she can tailor training to each dog's individual personality and learning style. Training is built on positive reinforcement, but other quadrants of learning may be used if it leads to better communication with the dog, advances the training, or assists with a behavior issue. Having worked with over a thousand dogs, Farrah starts with the tools and methods that have been the most successful with the largest number of dogs and molds the training from there. Training is an art and a science that involves constant communication with the dog to enrich the relationship and enhance training.

When is the best time to start training?

Right away! Whether you acquire your pup at 8 weeks or 8 years, training can and should be started right away. Dogs learn by repetition, so the longer your dog exhibits undesirable behaviors, the harder and longer it will take to change. Obedience can really be taught at any age, but temperament issues must be addressed in early puppyhood for the best prognosis. The younger the pup (8-12 weeks) the quicker and easier behavior can be molded!

How do I choose a dog trainer?

Anyone can call themselves a dog trainer, so how do you know you're choosing a great one?! Always ask about their education and experience. Be sure to look into the schooling or ask about how it was conducted. There are many online courses you can take to become a dog trainer. Hands-on schooling and experience is essential to learning how to work with living beings. See the "about" and "education" tabs to see a list of Farrah's extensive education and experiences. Ask about training methods and beware those who use force or a firm hand to teach a dog commands. Forceful training can make a dog obey out of fear rather than desire and enjoyment. Farrah finds your dogs key motivators and uses those to teach the dog to enjoy training and obedience! Does the person train full-time as a career, or is it a part-time job? Farrah has been working with dogs as a career for 15 years. Dog training is all she's ever wanted to do and all she's ever done. No mid-life career change or training on the side; this is her passion! Her husband calls her a dog training geek because when she's not working, she is usually studying and researching so she can always be ready to help any and every dog that needs her.

How much does training cost?

Training rates can vary based on the trainer's credentials and business. If you go to a big box pet store for training, the rates will likely be much lower than a professional training company because their trainers undergo minimal training and they are limited as to the methods they are allowed to use. Farrah has put an incredible amount of time and money into educating herself to be the best trainer she can possibly be. No one in the valley can compete with her credentials. If you want cheap training, it is easy to find. If you want the best, then call Farrah.  Rates can vary based on location, goals, and season. Package discounts are always available!

Can aggression be cured?

Aggression is a natural form of social communication in the canine culture. Any dog is capable of biting; thus, aggression's potential can never be completely eliminated. Behavior is a complicated expression of many factors and must be addressed holistically, with understanding and patience. Aggression requires management, safety considerations, training, and behavior modification. Farrah will teach you about all of these and establish an individualized program for your dog. Success can depend on genetic factors, root of the aggression, compliance, consistency, and commitment.

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